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REVIEW: Brooke Eden at the South Florida Fair

Brooke Eden

Brooke Eden is a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, and a whole lot of talent jam-packed into a pint-sized package of girl power. A South Florida native, Brooke was welcomed home from her current residency in Nashville, Tennessee, as she took over the main stage at the South Florida Fair and performed a lengthy set, never once losing an ounce of her energy. Brooke’s setlist was cleverly crafted with original songs laced between a selection of cover songs that could have been written for Brooke herself. The interplay between covers and originals ensured that the audience’s excitement never waned and that the crowd was glued to every song, anticipating what would come next.

Brooke opened the show with Gretchen Wilson‘s “Here For the Party” and immediately shared her energy with the audience, proving that the choice to stop in on a cold South Florida night was a wise one, indeed. Brooke showed her versatility throughout her entire show, covering soloists, duos, and groups without fail. From The Band Perry to Florida Georgia Line to Adele to Big and Rich, Brooke captivated her audience, bringing the heat to a winter night as she danced around the stage with a presence comparable to the incredible Miranda Lambert.

POLL: Best Artist of 2013

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Who do you think deserves the title of “Best Artist of 2013″? We don’t think this list of unbelievable talents could make the decision here any tougher and we know you adore them, but we need you to pick just one. Let us know which of these elite artists gets your vote for 2013.

 

 

 

Best Artist of 2013

  • Carrie Underwood (56%, 189 Votes)
  • Blake Shelton (24%, 80 Votes)
  • Luke Bryan (10%, 33 Votes)
  • Miranda Lambert (7%, 23 Votes)
  • Taylor Swift (3%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 340

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Our Favorite Live Moments of 2013

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Country music certainly gave us many memorable moments over the last year. Whether it was new artists making their way into the industry, smash hits climbing the charts, notable feuds sprinkled throughout tabloids, or live television performances of classic Broadway shows, our beloved genre definitely did not disappoint. The staff here at Keepin’ It Country was incredibly fortunate to attend many live shows of some of our favorite artists throughout the last year, from which we brought our fans and followers real time coverage. We collectively compiled some of our most memorable live performance moments of 2013, which we witnessed as members of the audience. In reverse chronological order, we bring you Keepin’ It Country‘s first-hand year in review:

Jo Dee Messina – December 22, 2013, Casino Miami – In anticipation of her upcoming album, Me, Jo Dee Messina brought her show to Miami, Florida. In the review heard around the world (thanks to Jo Dee herself!), we excitedly reported about Jo Dee, whose vocals are deserving of a myriad of accolades, undoubtedly re-entering the country music scene with a bang. With stellar performances of well-known hits, sure-to-be future number ones, and incomparable covers, Jo Dee brought the crowd to its feet multiple times. Mark our words — 2014 will be Jo Dee’s year, and we cannot wait to watch her soar.

Jo Dee Messina

Kelly Clarkson‘s Acoustic Show for Green Mountain Coffee – October 10, 2013, New York’s Highline Ballroom – As the ambassador for Green Mountain Coffee, Kelly Clarkson went to Peru to learn about coffee farming and fair trade. She brought her newfound knowledge and out-of-this-world vocals to an invite-only acoustic show at New York’s Highline Ballroom. Joined by only a keyboardist and pair of acoustic guitarists, Kelly wailed through some of her biggest hits, her voice shining in the intimate space. Highlights of the show included a haunting, acoustic solo rendition of “Don’t You Wanna Stay?” and the fan request, “Sober.”

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Brad Paisley at the New Yorker Festival – October 5, 2013, New York’s Gramercy Theater – This was a far cry from a usual Brad Paisley spectacle, but instead featured Paisley in an intimate setting, on-stage with only an acoustic guitar and interviewer, Kelefa Sanneh. It was much a storytellers night, as Paisley traded stories with Sanneh, intertwined with acoustic performances of both his biggest hits and some of his deepest cuts. The night also included an audience Q&A and insight into what was arguably Brad’s most controversial cut, “Accidental Racist.”

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Jennifer Nettles for NASH-FM, August 17, 2013, Hill Country BBQ – It’s not every day that you get to catch one of country’s biggest names in the basement of a BBQ restaurant. However, it was Jennifer’s voice that overpowered the smell of ribs and pulled pork, as she performed a sampling from her forthcoming album, including the album’s first single and title track, “That Girl” while also trading stories with NYC’s NASH-FM’s Blair Garner.

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The Band Perry – July 21, 2013, NYC’s Roseland Ballroom – The singing siblings rocked New York’s historic Roseland Ballroom with a polished and poised performance that would make even the most seasoned veterans jealous. Although their Pioneer album didn’t receive as much acclaim as it deserved in 2013, there is no doubt that the Perry siblings are here to stay with their dynamic stage presence.

The Band Perry In Concert - New York, New York

Jason Aldean – July 20, 2013, Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois – In one of two memorable 2013 live moments selected by our staff involving Jason Aldean, we were lucky to be in the sold out Wrigley Field crowd. Jason, along with Kelly Clarkson, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett, and Nashville’s first signed DJ, Dee Jay Silver, rocked Chicago like no other country acts have done before. Despite the pouring rain, the sold out crowd stayed put, drank, danced, and sang to their favorite Jason songs, including his award-winning smash hit duet with Kelly Clarkson. Even the White Sox owner, White Sox players, and Atlanta Braves players braved (pun intended) the rain and celebrated country music in the heart of Chicago on that stormy night.

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Striking Matches, Ashley Monroe and Hunter Hayes – MTV’s Artist to Watch show – June 18, 2013, New York’s Webster Hall – Although the night belonged to Hunter Hayes, the highlights of this show were country duo Striking Matches and the woman behind one of 2013’s best country albums, Ashley Monroe. Although the show itself was a bit of a mismatch with the Hunter fans not paying appropriate respect to the openers, both Ashley and Striking Matches held their own. Ashley especially shined on the tongue-in-cheek, “Weed Instead of Roses” and her version of Jason Aldean‘s #1 hit, “The Truth,” which she co-wrote.

Ashley Monroe

Cassadee Pope – June 8, 2013, Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Florida – Cassadee Pope took the world by storm during Season 3 of The Voice as a member of Team Blake. Soon after being crowned “The Voice,” Cassadee hit the road with vocal superstar trio, Rascal Flatts. At her hometown show (which was featured on CMT’s Frame By Frame), Cassadee shared her talents with her family, friends, and fans. Witnessing this young artist catapult into stardom and return to her roots for the first time in a large venue was an absolute privilege, as Cassadee wow’ed her hometown with her stunning vocals and gave us just a small glimpse of what is yet to come.

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Blake Shelton – iHeart Radio Show – March 27, 2013, iHeartRadio Theater – To go with the release of Based On a True Story…, Blake took the stage for iHeartRadio. The show was streamed online and included Blake’s biggest hits combined with some of his newer tracks. Definite crowd-favorites included sing-along performances of “Austin,” “Honey Bee,” and “Old Red.”

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Jason Aldean – March 2, 2013, Madison Square Garden – It’s not every day that a country artist headlines New York’s legendary, Madison Square Garden. Joined by Thomas Rhett and Jake Owen, Jason owned MSG with his biggest hits, as the audience sang along and hung on to every word. Although he sang some of his newer hits, set list highlights included “Big Green Tractor” and “Amarillo Sky.”

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Miranda Lambert – January 26, 2013 – Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City – Although there were no low points in Miranda Lambert’s performance at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall during the first leg of her Rocked and Reloaded Tour (with Dierks Bentley), it was her performance of “Over You” that left us speechless that night. Performing on the one year anniversary of the death of her childhood friend, Mark Adams, tears streamed down Miranda’s cheeks as she held the microphone out to the audience to help her through the song. And help her they did, singing back each word of “Over You” in a moment that gives me chills just thinking about it.

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We bid adieu to a fabulous year of country music and eagerly look toward 2014. Country music continues to make huge strides as the years progress, and it is foreseeable that the next year will be filled with landmark tours, chart-topping albums/singles, and the continuance of country music flourishing as a whole. What were some of your most memorable concert moments of 2013, and what are you most looking forward to in the 2014 country concert circuit?

Miranda Lambert Launches New Shoe Line

Miranda Lambert

Ladies, get excited. One of our most beloved country girls now has her own shoe line!

The footwear – Miranda – by Miranda Lambert just launched last week. According to the description on her official website, “The shoes are just like Miranda – feisty, sexy, confident – and reflects what makes us love Miranda, bold beyond all expectations with just the right combination of edgy and feminine.” I think that perfectly sums up some of our favorite things about Ms. Ran.

The shoes and boots can be found at select DSW stores and online at DSW.com. They also are available at select Shoe Dept. and Shoe Dept. Encore stores, as well as online at shoedept.com and showdeptencore.com.

We here at KIC are excited about the new Miranda line! I think I need some new boots. Hey Santa, can you come back and bring me a pair?!

Congratulations to Miranda on her new venture!

Check out the footwear:

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Miranda Lambert Returns To Mentor On ‘The Voice’

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert is back to mentor on The Voice next season, but not for the team you may think.

That’s right… Lambert will not be with her hubby, Blake Shelton, but with Team Shakira as reported by US Weekly.

Shakira and Usher will return to join Blake and Adam for the next run. We expect it to be a great competition as always, and probably a lot of fun trash-talking for the Lambert-Shelton household.

The current season is down to the Top 8 contestants, and airs on Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC.

Season 6 will begin Spring 2014!

George Strait’s Star-Studded Final Show to Include Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and More

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George Strait will play his final concert June 7, 2014 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The CMA Entertainer of the Year’s The Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2014 will ride away with style, for a king. The show will feature an all-star lineup of guest artists (performing three songs each) including Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack.

Additionally, the opening act for Strait’s final concert will be the “Kings of Texas Swing” and six-time Grammy Award-winning group, Asleep At The Wheel.

Tickets for the highly-anticipated concert will go on sale to the public Friday, December 6 at 10:00 AM CST and can be purchased via Strait’s official website here.

While this is Strait’s final concert tour, he will continue to record new music with MCA Records and will perform select dates across the country after the tour has wrapped. For more information, please visit www.georgestrait.com.

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Caroline Kole

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When you speak to Caroline Kole (or hear her speak), you cannot even fathom that she is a teenager. While we had been familiar with Caroline’s name in the past, we fell in love with her during the recent CMA Awards preshow when she walked the red carpet. Caroline has an intelligence, wit, and poise about her that makes her quite the teenage anomaly. However, when Caroline explained to us that she has been involved in music for half of her life, it became clear that Caroline, as a whole, is an exception to the rule. While you may find Caroline studying for an upcoming Physics test and keeping up-to-date on her school assignments one day, you could find her opening for Reba McEntire the next. And, by virtue of her humble, grateful attitude, Caroline might seem like an everyday teenager … but let’s be real, there is nothing run of the mill about her!

Keith Urban & Miranda Lambert Release “We Were Us” Music Video

Miranda Lambert & Keith Urban

You take Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert, give them a duet, and you get a dream collaboration.

Written by Nicolle Galyon, Jimmy Robbins, and Jon Nite, “We Were Us” is one of the best songs out right now and we love it.

The duet seems to be years in the making. Lambert opened for Urban on his tour back in 2005 when she was just starting out. Since then, Urban has been waiting for the perfect song to sing with Lambert. “We Were Us” was it.

“When I heard ‘We Were Us,’ it was instant,” Urban told People magazine. “I had two thoughts. The first [was] ”This is that song’ and the second – ‘Man, I sure hope she says yes!’ ”

The “We Were Us” music video premiered on Friday evening via Urban’s Facebook page. The video was filmed in front of a live audience at Edna’s neighborhood bar in Oklahoma City. Check it out below!

Miranda Lambert Shares Sweet Tidbit About Blake Shelton To People Magazine

Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton

It’s no secret… We have a long-time crush on Blake Shelton that we do not see fading anytime soon.

Just when we thought we could not love Blake Shelton more, however, we read yet another super sweet thing about him. His better half, Miranda Lambert, shared with People Magazine (you can read the whole article here) this bit of info:

“He [Blake] said, ‘I have never had a problem with any way you look at any point – you are beautiful to me at any size and every size,’ ” she [Miranda] explained.

Can we get a collective “Aww!” right now?

Guys… take notes! These are the kinds of things that make us girls very happy.

We’re also taking applications for Blake Shelton clones.

CMA Awards Favorite Moments

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Another CMA Awards night has come and gone, but certain moments left lasting impressions on our staff. If you follow us on Twitter, you know we spent the majority of the show cracking on Sheryl Crow‘s hair, Dolly Parton‘s assets, Zac Brown Band‘s beards, and Kacey Musgraves‘ b****y resting face. While those particular things set the stage for our jokes, puns, and #sarcastictweets, our staff compiled a list of our other favorite moments of the night. The following are those award show memories that are ingrained in our minds: